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Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:11 pm
by Jantzen73
Just wanted to share my experience at one of the coolest events around - pun intended - Winter Chill Out hosted by Cedar Point. A 6 hour long, off-season tour of the park! Weather was unseasonably warm (and welcome) with that familiar wind whipping off the lake.

This was our 3rd Chill Out and once again the park went above and beyond to provide an amazing, one of a kind experience for enthusiasts. Hats off to the Cedar Point staff that planned, coordinated and volunteered their time for this event. As every penny of the $40k raised went to Give Kids the World. Plus the delicious lunch and cool bag of merchandise was much appreciated.

My personal highlights were getting to see Valravn in person (of course) but I was surprised to see active construction going on! My brain is still getting used to Valravn jutting out into the midway - but I think I’ll adjust :lmao: - especially when everything is complete. Touring the train house was AMAZING! The staff was so friendly and there were so many interesting things to see. Touring the mechanics shop is always a treat - and loved their sense of humor…. Going into the ball room was a huge surprise - I could not believe how gigantic it was up there! And of course Jason McClure and Tony Clark’s presentation was informative and funny. Being in the last group of the day I think they were a little loopy and were really loose and fun!

I’ll let my pictures show you all the cool / neat things that you don’t get to see every day. I’m not good at documenting every little detail - there are others here that do a much better job of that. I just gravitate towards things that grab my eye and try to make them look a little different / interesting...

Thanks for looking!

Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:25 pm
by bgroodog
These pictures were excellent! Thank you for taking the time to capture the essence of the offseason and providing wonderfully composed photos. Maybe next year I'll get the chance to attend this event!

Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:30 pm
by Nrthwnd
Really Awesome Shots!!! Wow, those were all great!

Thanks for sharing your view of The Tour. Made me want to keep up
with what's going on (in the future) for CP. :smile:

Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:31 pm
by Philrad71
Awesome photos as always...thank you for posting.

I really liked the bonus ballroom shots - it's in such better shape than I had ever imagined. I personally think that it would be a cool place to move the museum, wouldn't it?

Next year, I think that we are going to plan on doing this tour. I got my dates mixed up as I thought that it was next weekend which is when we'll be in Aruba. Bummed that we could have gone to this and didn't!

Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:11 pm
by Password121
I don't think I've ever seen a picture of yours that I didn't stop myself just to admire for a minute. You've also been the creator of more than a few of my screensavers and wallpapers ;)

Thanks for the report.

Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:46 pm
by The Great Zo
Far and away the most interesting trip report of a non-operational park I've ever seen!

And as much as I love the gull in front of the Valravn lift, the available light shots inside Hotel Breakers are my favorites.

Thanks for sharing!

Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:07 pm
by TBpony414
Chiming in to say that I as well pause at each of your shots. The angles and lighting you highlight are remarkable. Thanks for sharing!! Wish I could take pics half as good as you! Part of the problem is my lenses always get scratched, guess I'm just absent-minded like that. Do you do much photo editing once home?

Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:09 pm
by SFOGdude25
Great shots as always! Your eye for framing is amazing!

Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:36 pm
by DJeXeL
Great report!! The operators will probably play rock, paper, scissors to see who has the pleasure of walking to the MCBR to do Set-Up testing every morning... ;)

Re: Photo Trip Report - Cedar Point Winter Chill Out 2016

PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:50 pm
by DoinItForTheFame
Awesome report! Loved the photos, and captions! Especially this caption:

ElToroMillieniumForce wrote:Maybe they can move the water cannons to Valravn to give everyone their splashdown.


:lmao: :lmao:

:nina: